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Professional Umpires’ Operations and Development Manager

England and Wales Cricket Board (The ECB)

The England and Wales Cricket Board is the national governing body of cricket in England and Wales.

17 Nov 2022
Full Time
Closing date
5 Dec 2022


To put members of the professional umpires’ team in the best possible position to produce world leading performances in every game of professional cricket they officiate.

Who are we

The England and Wales Cricket Board is the national governing body for all cricket in England and Wales, supporting the game at every level – from grassroots to professional.

We believe cricket is a force for good that can have an enduring impact on everyone’s lives and we have an ambitious strategy to inspire a generation to say ‘cricket is a game for me’. It provides great entertainment. It teaches important skills, both physical and social. It can help inclusion and social cohesion, bringing communities together.

The ECB welcomes applications from all backgrounds to ensure we deliver our Inspiring Generations strategy and fulfil our purpose to connect communities and improve lives through cricket.

Our values

  • Stronger As One Team – We are stronger together. We allow for individual strengths and beliefs but head in the same direction. We respect, support and really listen to each other along the way.
  • Push New Boundaries – We are bold, brave and curious. We challenge and don’t settle. We forge the future whilst remembering our roots.
  • Be The Best In The Game – On & Off The Pitch – We train hard. We strive to be our best to help the team be the best. We celebrate our victories and learn from our let downs.
  • Passion For Play – We are here to inspire & be inspired. We are serious about what we do, but don’t take ourselves seriously. We enjoy the journey and have fun.

You'll love the job if

  • You thrive in situations where you can manage change positively under pressure
  • You enjoy utilising your strong communication skills to deliver learning opportunities

You'll be doing


  • To work with every member of the professional umpires’ team to establish and maintain a personal development plan.
  • To review every performance evaluation report produced by ECB match referees, offering your own feedback to umpires when appropriate.
  • To gain additional, verbal feedback from ECB match referees, which may be beneficial for the umpires and to inform your decision making.
  • To develop and deliver regular needs led learning opportunities, employing modern methods of delivery and, where appropriate, engaging other subject matter experts.
  • To maximise the effectiveness of ECB umpire coaches through allocating and appointing them appropriately.
  • To work with the Umpires’ Pathway Manager to identify and provide development opportunities for prospective professional umpires and women umpires officiating in the professional game.
  • To regularly attend matches, observe umpires’ performances and provide feedback to them.
  • To ensure that umpires have access to appropriate, specialist, support to aid their development e.g., sports psychologists


  • To appoint umpires to professional cricket in England and Wales, providing opportunities on the basis of both performance and potential.
  • To be a subject matter expert in the Laws of Cricket, playing conditions and regulations, both domestic and International.
  • To establish and maintain data relating to appointments, availability and performance.
  • To make recommendations to the Head of Officiating on the promotion, demotion and performance management of umpires.
  • To develop relationships with personnel who contribute to match day operations e.g., the ECB venue managers and HawkEye technicians.

Relationships and Management

  • To develop strong relationships with the professional umpires’ team, creating an environment in which consistently high performance is expected.
  • To hold regular performance reviews with all umpires, referencing match referees’ reports, feedback from umpire coaches and personal observations.
  • To manage the activity of umpire coaches, ensuring they are appropriately trained and prepared for their role and to provide them with regular feedback on their performance.
  • To develop relationships with Counties’ Directors of Cricket and Head Coaches, influencing constructive dialogue and feedback on umpires’ performance.
  • To develop relationships with the ICC Umpires’ and Referees’ Manager, keeping on top of developments in umpiring internationally.

You'll have


  • Effective influencing, negotiation and conflict management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to collaborate and deliver innovative solutions.
  • Ability to manage change positively whilst under pressure.
  • A commitment to personal and professional development.
  • Ability to plan, prioritise and organise.
  • Knowledge and Understanding of….
  • Current development and practices within officiating.
  • Characteristics of high performing match officials.
  • Playing and officiating structures in professional cricket, domestically and internationally
  • Law's, playing conditions and regulations within professional cricket.

You'll receive

  • Holiday - 25 days a year
  • Volunteering – 2 days a year
  • Pension - Non-contributory 8% pension
  • Private medical insurance
  • Employee health cash-back plan
  • Long-term sickness insurance
  • Life assurance - four times your annual basic salary
  • Enhanced family friendly leave
  • Unmind – free and confidential access to a wellbeing app to help you manage your mental, physical, and financial wellbeing
  • OpenBlend - an innovative coaching and performance management tool
  • People Academy - a range of programmes and initiatives to help you develop and reach your
  • Employee Assistance Programme - 24/7 confidential access to expert services including counselling, wellbeing, and independent legal and financial advice
  • Free online fitness classes
  • 30% Castore discount
  • Cycle 2 Work Scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Preferential access to tickets to England and The Hundred games

How to Apply

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Additional Information

Full Time
Job Type
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